An exploration of ancient masterpieces from the island of Sicily—crossroads of the Greek and Roman worlds
Statue of a Youth (the Mozia Charioteer, detail) / Sikeliote (Sicilian Greek)
On the island dear to the goddess Demeter and blessed with agricultural abundance, former Greek colonies grew into powerful kingdoms during the 5th to 3rd centuries B.C. Innovations in art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science flourished on Sicily, leaving an enduring stamp on mainland Greece and later on Rome.

Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome presents 145 objects that bear witness to the athletic and military victories, religious rituals, opulent lifestyles, and intellectual attainments that shaped Classical culture at its peak.

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Banner image: Coin with a Head of Apollo (detail), 410–403 B.C., Sikeliote (Sicilian Greek), minted in Katane. Tetradrachm signed by Choirion. Silver, diameter 2.8 cm. Courtesy of the Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Syracuse. Both images above reproduced by permission of the Regione Siciliana, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità Siciliana. Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità Siciliana. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited


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